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Inspiring and Supporting Photographers of Australian Birds

  • Australian Pelican (Image ID 38343)

    Australian Pelican.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

  • Golden-headed Cisticola (Image ID 38941)

    Golden-headed Cisticola.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Pacific Black Duck (Image ID 28189)

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Southern Giant-Petrel (Image ID 30612)

    Southern Giant-Petrel.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Image ID 28647)

    Australian Pied Oystercatcher.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

BirdLife Photography

Our Vision

To Inspire and Support Photographers of Australian Birds

Our Mission

  • To be a group that is accessible, supportive, and educational for photographers of all skill levels.
  • To assist members to develop their bird photography skills.
  • To support BirdLife Australia in achieving its goals of bird and habitat conservation.
  • To be the “go-to” provider of curated Australian bird images to support conservation, educational and scientific efforts.
  • To promote ethical photographic behaviour and standards at all times.

 

BirdLife Photography is a Special Interest Group of BirdLife Australia and provides both a forum and resources for photographers, bird observers and the general public to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of birds through the medium of photography.

It was formed in 2008, as PhotoBOCA, with the initial membership coming from the existing photography groups of Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA) in Melbourne, Bellarine Peninsula, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Townsville.  With the merge of BOCA and Birds Australia to form BirdLife Australia in January 2012, it became BirdLife Photography.  Our focus is to provide educational activities via the internet, with an emphasis on photography and bird identification.

BirdLife Photography Special Interest Group and the group’s operating plan form part of BirdLife Australia’s Engagement Program.  The terms and conditions for operation of BirdLife Photography that are in addition to the BirdLife Australia Constitution (2014) and BirdLife Australia Network Governance and Policies Document are available here.

Membership

Membership of BirdLife Photography is open to anyone interested in photographing Australian birds.  We only provide individual memberships (ie. no family memberships), as this allows us to identify the actual person who contributes to our website, by submitting images to our galleries, participating in competitions or ID challenges, or joining the discusssions in our Forum.  Our membership fee is currently $15 per annum.  Membership allows you to submit photos to our online gallery, participate in our photo competitions and Bird Identification Challenges, submit posts to our online Forum, and access our latest newsletters (non-members can only access newsletters more than two years old); you may also join and contribute to our private Facebook group.

So - why not join BirdLife Photography, enjoy the benefits of membership, help spread the word of the pleasures of birdwatching and photography, and make your contribution to the preservation of the uniqueness of Australian birdlife for generations to come.  Just download the application form, fill it in and send to BirdLife Australia.  Alternatively, phone BirdLife Australia Supporter Services on 1300 730 075.  Please provide an email address when you join, as all our communication with our members is via email; if you do not have an email address, you will need to check this website regularly to keep informed of our activities, such as photo competitions, ID challenges, and newsletters.

Please note that joining BirdLife Photography does not provide membership of any of the Branch Photography Groups.  If you wish to join them also, to participate in local activities in your area, please contact them directly.  You can find details of local photography groups on the About Us - Branch Photography Groups page.

Recent Picks

Western Bristlebird (Image ID 43697)
Western Bristlebird
Allan Rose
Viewed: 10
Grey-capped Emerald-Dove (Image ID 43671)
Grey-capped Emerald-Dove
Keith Wilcox
Viewed: 32
Australasian Grebe (Image ID 43666)
Australasian Grebe
Nathan Watson
Viewed: 33
Pale-yellow Robin (Image ID 43667)
Pale-yellow Robin
Barry Deacon
Viewed: 40
Musk Duck (Image ID 43653)
Musk Duck
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 48
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Image ID 43652)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 41
Golden-backed Honeyeater (Image ID 43643)
Golden-backed Honeyeater
Peter Owen
Viewed: 45
Brown Songlark (Image ID 43595)
Brown Songlark
David Newell
Viewed: 65
Gibberbird (Image ID 43594)
Gibberbird
David Newell
Viewed: 77
Eastern Grass Owl (Image ID 43566)
Eastern Grass Owl
Michael Todd
Viewed: 67

CONTACT US

The easiest way to contact us is by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Our People page, in the About Us section, contains email links to each of the committee members.